Practical Science on Movement and Pain

Category Archives: central nervous system

A Systems Perspective on Motor Control, Part One

Dynamic systems theory (DST) is gaining influence in the world of movement rehab and performance as way to explain how motor learning is optimized. The basic premise is that movement behavior is the result of complex interactions between many different subsystems in the body, the task at hand, and the environment. Given this complexity, systems… Read More

Guest Post from Jamie Hale: Exercise and the Brain

For today’s post I am very pleased to offer a guest submission from Jamie Hale, M.S. Jamie is an experimental researcher specializing in behavioral nutrition and cognitive science. He is also a science writer, blogger, exercise and nutrition consultant, outdoor enthusiast, lecturer and founder of Knowledge Summit Research Group. He has conducted primary research in… Read More

Play, Variability and Motor Learning

I recently had the privilege of attending a continuing education class at Athletes Performance in Arizona, which is one of the top athletic training facilities in the country, run by Mark Verstegen. It’s a beautiful facility, with a nice grass field, an amazing workout room, and lots of elite athletes walking around and training. It was… Read More

Video of My Talk on Threat and Performance

A couple of weeks ago I did a talk Parkour Visions, a local gym here in Seattle. (You may recall my recent post of an interview with the co-founder of the gym Rafe Kelly. ) The talk was about the effects of perceived threat on physical performance. The basic message was that if the central… Read More

Review of Moseley/Hodges Conference Part Four

In this post I will conclude my review of Lorimer Moseley’s talk. Here are links to parts one, two and three. Before getting started with part four, which mostly covers how nociceptive signals are modulated, I wanted to share a little phrase that Moseley repeated on numerous occasions. “We are fearfully and wonderfully made.” He… Read More

Review of Moseley/Hodges Talk Part Two

This is part two of my review of the three day conference by Lorimer Moseley and Paul Hodges on pain and motor control. If you haven’t read the first part please take a quick look here before reading on so you are up to speed. I said it before and I’ll say it again, this… Read More

More on Fatigue: Math Makes You Weak

In a previous post I discussed the idea that fatigue, much like pain, is a subjective experience created by the brain to protect you from physical threats caused by the stress of heavy physical exertion. So when we experience fatigue, it’s not so much that the body can’t, it’s that the brain won’t. An interesting… Read More

Is Fatigue All in Your Head?

I just heard of a new series of studies (hat tip to Diane Jacobs) which provide a very good example of how the brain acts as a central governor on physical performance.* For a long time, research on the causes of muscle fatigue have focused exclusively on changes in the muscle itself, while ignoring the… Read More